Lovingly restored former showman's carriage in idyllic location
Quiet location in pretty gardens
Enjoy the view of the orchards
Perfect spot to relax
Cosy up in front of the woodburner effect fire
Lovingly refurbished interior
Dining area leading onto veranda
Double bedroom
Quirky features
Shower room
Tastefully decorated
Help yourself to seasonal vegetables
Quiet rural location
View from the property
The Hub - onsite cafe
The Hub - onsite cafe
Steam train nearby
Enjoy the changing seasons overlooking the orchard
1 / 19  Lovingly restored former showman's carriage in idyllic location
2 / 19  Quiet location in pretty gardens
3 / 19  Enjoy the view of the orchards
4 / 19  Perfect spot to relax
5 / 19  Cosy up in front of the woodburner effect fire
6 / 19  Lovingly refurbished interior
7 / 19  Kitchen
8 / 19  Dining area leading onto veranda
9 / 19  Double bedroom
10 / 19  Quirky features
11 / 19  Shower room
12 / 19  Tastefully decorated
13 / 19  Help yourself to seasonal vegetables
14 / 19  Quiet rural location
15 / 19  View from the property
16 / 19  The Hub - onsite cafe
17 / 19  The Hub - onsite cafe
18 / 19  Steam train nearby
19 / 19  Enjoy the changing seasons overlooking the orchard

The Sir Paul Gooderham

Bodiam, Sussex
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Working farm
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Showman’s carriage in idyllic rural location on a working farm
  • Large decked area for al fresco dining with views across to Bodiam Castle
  • Countryside walks on the doorstep
Property code: BT097

This lovingly refurbished showman’s carriage presents quirky accommodation in a stunning countryside setting, perfect for celebrating a special occasion with a loved one or a romantic getaway for two.

This beautifully restored showman’s carriage is situated in close proximity to Bodiam Castle, with its imposing walls, wooden portcullis and surrounding moat, as well as extensive gardens. This really is a very special place to stay and is just a few minutes from one of the vintage steam trains which run the approximately ten-mile journey through the Sussex and Kent countryside. Hop on board and take a trip to the small town of Tenterden where you will find an array of shops as well as a brewery and a winery. There is also a lovely pub within a fifteen-minute walk of the property, where you can enjoy a pint or glass of wine.

This lovingly renovated showman’s carriage has retained many of its original features, including the etched windows, oak interior and hand-painted bed, but there are many modern creature comforts to enjoy as well. The cosy lounge area is open plan and features a woodburner effect gas fire, sofa, small dining table and even a TV. The compact but well appointed kitchen contains a hob, microwave, fridge and sink, whilst at the opposite end of the carriage you can find the romantic bedroom with double bed and second TV. Beyond the bedroom, a door leads to the “snug” which has a second gas stove. In winter enjoy cosying up around the fire and in the summer, throw open the floor to ceiling windows and enjoy the panoramic views of Bodiam Castle whilst basking in the sun. Continue through the carriage to the “Moulin Rouge” shower room, which has a light and airy feel to it.

The outside of the property comprises a secluded covered veranda, garden furniture and views to the castle and across the valley. There is parking available.

There are four other similar properties on the same site, The Prince Regent, The Lady Stella, Goldings Lodge and Lady  Jane.


Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • One double bedroom
  • Well behaved dogs welcome 
  • Parking available 
  • Wood burner effect gas fire 
  • TV/DVD 
  • Garden furniture 
  • Use of own BBQ allowed 
  • Bed linen and towels included 
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Regret no smoking
  • Regret no children. Babes in arms welcome - please note limited space for travel cot 
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer available in separate shared laundry room
  • Please note that the fridge is very small with limited storage
  • Café/farm shop on-site ''The Hub'' offering Wi-Fi (at The Hub only not inside the property), water sports, a beauty salon and many other facilities

This property is personally managed by Julie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 12 guest ratings

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Overall comfort
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Overall location
Star ratingStar ratingStar ratingStar ratingStar rating4.9

Reviewed by Doreen 20th September 2019

W e were made very welcome, and were happy with our accomadation

Reviewed by Hazel 6th September 2019

Unusual and beautiful accommodation. It felt cosy and different from the usual hotel rooms We loved sitting on the veranda either drinking coffee or wine and gazing over the orchards and fields. There are many local walks to enjoy with our dog straight from the doorstep without the need to drive. Dressing gowns were supplied which was nice to relaxRead more in after a hot shower. the treats and dog blankets were very welcome. Thanks Hide

Reviewed by Annette 31st May 2019

Really cosy and comfortable, full of character and a great location with wonderful views and the Hub and nearby pub for refreshment. Doorways a bit low if you are 6' plus!

Reviewed by Sarah 25th May 2019

The property is a beautifully renovated showmans caravan. It has a lovely veranda, with fabulous views of the near by Castle, at Bodiam. There was a lovely welcome pack & also one for our dog too Extra blankets were provided, which was a nice touch. It was great having the tv & DVD player for the evening. The bathroom was lovely & warm, with the moRead morest amazing shower. Bathrobes provided too, which great!! The caravans are situated in the farm grounds & lovely peaceful setting. Hide

Reviewed by Joan 12th April 2019

This quirky carriage is fully equipped & is situated in an ideal position with a fantastic view & very peaceful. The owners are extremely helpful. We would definitely return.

Reviewed by Serena 20th October 2018

Beautiful views and very peaceful area. Would highly recommend. We brought the dog, who had a great time roaming the orchard whilst we enjoyed a bottle of wine on the terrace! Owner was incredibly friendly and helpful.

Reviewed by Richard 28th September 2018

Great place lovely views absolutely loved it

Reviewed by Peter 17th August 2018

Absolutely fantastic place to stay in a perfect location. Friendly people and so much to do within short driving distance. We will be back!

Reviewed by Ian 3rd August 2018

A lovely caravan in a fantastic location.

Reviewed by Anita 16th July 2018

was a very peaceful place and lovely outside area to sit and look at the beautiful view towards the castle. when reading description the cooking facilities is just a microwave not a microwave and oven. would recommend for a quiet getaway

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Lovingly restored former showman's carriage in idyllic location
Quiet location in pretty gardens
Enjoy the view of the orchards
Perfect spot to relax
Cosy up in front of the woodburner effect fire
Lovingly refurbished interior
Dining area leading onto veranda
Double bedroom
Quirky features
Shower room
Show 7 moreTastefully decorated


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

2 more properties at this location

The Prince Regent

The Prince Regent

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

£694 - £714

The Lady Stella

The Lady Stella

Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1

£694 - £714

To arrange group bookings across one or more of these properties, call our team to check availability and book.

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